Look, Ma, No Wires

SAN FRANCISCO (07/26/2000) - If you've considered babbling to your PC but don't like headsets, there is an alternative--IBM Corp.'s unique ViaVoice Pro Elite hardware and software combo. For US$249 you get IBM's latest ViaVoice Millennium speech software with Andrea Electronics' DA-400 Desktop Array microphone, a stand-alone device that sits atop your monitor or keyboard tray.

In our tests, it did a pretty good job of filtering out background noise.

Training the software on a Pentium II-333 system took about 10 minutes (ViaVoice's minimum requirement is a PII-233). Initial performance was a little sluggish, but it improved over time.

IBM; 800/825-5263; www.ibm.com/software/voice.

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